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Utility company maximizes operational safety

Wireless turnkey solution reduces cost of ownership and avoids shutdowns in substation application

An industrial energy and utility company was looking for a solution to monitor pressure of dielectric fluid in the pipe-type cables as well as dielectric fluid level in its electrical substations. Monitoring pressure in real time is critical in a pipe-type cable installation and can be challenging using traditional methods. The company was experiencing challenges with its hardwired pressure transmitters around the substation environment and needed a new approach to monitor the application.

power, electrical, utilities, substation
power, distribution, iiot, substation, utilities, electrical

Results and benefits of wireless solution

  • After installation in three of the companies substations the customer was able to see beneficial results including cost savings, reliable and accurate monitoring, low cost of ownership and remote access for troubleshooting and maintenance.

The challenges

  • Traditional approach to monitor the pressure in the terminal risers

  • Company had to manage changing batteries every three to four years, which increased cost of ownership

  • Failures on transmitters in substation environment

  • Interferences such as noisy signals caused by high EMF

  • Lightning storm damage, switching surges and ground loops

  • Sending personnel to fix the issues or obtain data for daily operations causing safety concerns

  • No centralized data in control house

The solution

Endress+Hauser visited the company and performed a site survey and offered them a complete upgraded turnkey system solution which included WirelessHART® instrumentation (level, flow, pressure, temperature), SupplyCare®, which will be implemented in the future for remote monitoring, W@M®/IIoT, instrument commissioning, project management and engineering and design services.